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John Martin

A Raid Over Berlin A miraculous true-life Second World War survival story

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A miraculous true-life Second World War survival story that was featured on the BBC’s ONE SHOW on the 28th of November with John Martin.

A Sunday Times bestseller.

‘I could see that still no one had been able to get out from the cockpit. It must have been at this moment that I thought I was going to die because I became remarkably calm’.

Trapped inside a burning Lancaster bomber, 20,000 feet above Berlin, airman John Martin consigned himself to his fate and turned his thoughts to his fiancée back home. In a miraculous turn of events, however, the twenty-one year old was thrown clear of his disintegrating aeroplane and found himself parachuting into the heart of Nazi Germany. He was soon to be captured and began his period as a prisoner of war.

This is an engaging and compulsively readable true-life account of a Second World War airman, who cheated death in the sky, only to face interrogation and the prospect of being shot by the Gestapo, before having to endure months of hardship as a prisoner of war.

man and wife London-born John Martin volunteered for the RAF, as a trainee wireless operator, in 1941, aged eighteen, and was stationed at RAF Cardington in Bedfordshire. John (96) and his wife Adelaide (94) are still happily married and living in Tanygroes, west Wales